The main struggle faced by us sufferers is attempting to explain to others what anxiety disorder is like. Many people believe that all anxiety disorders are all the same, when in fact, this is so far from the truth. The most common type of anxiety is known as generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder is known to affect about 6.8 million adults. This is about 3.1 percent of the population found in the United States. Normal anxiety is separated from generalized anxiety disorder because in generalized anxiety, the sufferer is usually worried throughout the entire day and will find no relief. Sufferers will find it difficult to focus on daily tasks and will often become overwhelmed. Sufferers, like myself, find it difficult to just get through the day sometimes.
When Is Anxiety Experienced?
Anxiety is felt throughout the day. From beginning to end. Some days, anxiety runs through my body from the moment I open my eyes until the day that I finally go to sleep. This constant anxiety sometimes drives sufferers to believe that there is no relief. It is hard to control the running thoughts in your mind. The intense feeling is much too familiar. Stress felt upon your body. Sourness runs throughout your body on a daily basis from the constant anxiety. So much sourness that your joints scream with every sudden move conducted by your body.
What causes Generalized Anxiety?
The main question sufferers ask is what caused this? Did I do something to start this disorder? It is believed that the disorder gradually occurs throughout one’s lifetime. Sometimes the disorder grows and grows throughout the teenage years and fully blossoms during adult years. Mild sufferers are known to avoid different circumstances that they believe might elevate their anxiety. Although the anxiety is avoided, a tremendous opportunity can slide through the fingers. As everyone knows the famous line “when an opportunity flies, it flies far away”. This quote that is very much familiar with those who avoid certain situations just to avoid the horrendous mind games of one with anxiety.
As a fellow, constant, anxiety sufferer myself, I have found days where my joints are so sore from the constant anxiety that I must jump out of bed. I jump on queue just like a ballerina at the beginning of her dance routine. Firm and quick. Firm and quick to avoid unnecessary joint discomfort. Immediately jump out of bed and immediate racing thoughts. These thoughts running in my mind like a scratched cd, spinning and spinning, trying to locate the embedded information. Scrambling and searching through positive quotes to halt the anxiety before it becomes fully embedded in my entire body.
Finding a Sense of Relief
Positivity. Positivity. One simple word that can alleviate any negativity. I constantly repeat it inside my head. Positivity. Positivity. Think happy thoughts. Laughter. Laughter. I yell inside myself as if to shut off the anxiety. As if anxiety was an “on” and “off” switch. As if I can just turn it on and off whenever convenient. In the beginning, I thought I could. As silly as it sounds, I would blame myself for subconsciously “turning it on”. One silly mistake that I would beat myself over. Not knowing that anxiety takes time to be silenced. It can’t be silenced overnight. One hard lesson that I’ve learned. I like to think of anxiety as a small paper cut. A small, innocent “bruise” that takes time to heal but with love, care and patience, it will heal. Positivity. Positivity. I whisper it so all those who struggle, like me, know that positivity goes a very long way.
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